Science – Covid-19 Curriculum Statement
During lockdown we re-organised our curriculum to deliver units that were the most appropriate to teach virtually. We continued to deliver content and skills via online lessons. Students completed online assessments after each unit, this has given us a clear indication of the gaps in each students’ knowledge. We are confident that, if your child engaged with their online learning during lockdown, they continued to make expected progress.
As we return to School we have re-mapped our curriculum plan to ensure that students do not miss out on any learning as a result of Covid-19. Obviously, during lockdown, we were unable to deliver practical lessons (although we did include the theory of practical skills during our online lessons). As a result, we have planned more practical application into our curriculum to plug this gap. Our curriculum is designed to spiral and so students build on knowledge from the previous year. We have planned this year’s curriculum to give more time to units that were taught in lockdown so that we have extra time to plug any gaps. Every lesson is designed to continually assess progress so that lessons can adapt to the needs of the students. All of our lessons are differentiated so that all students can be supported and challenged in their learning.
We have developed our marking and assessment policy to help us quickly identify any gaps in knowledge. Students will complete a short assessment after each unit and then be given high quality feedback from their class teacher. These assessments will form part of students’ home learning so we ask that you encourage your child to complete these.
This year our curriculum is being taught in a different order but we have carefully mapped out a progression route through the course to ensure that students build on prior knowledge as they move through the year. Through quality-first teaching we are confident that we are able to plug any gaps created as a result of covid-19.
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Welcome to the Science Department
“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.” (National Curriculum, England)
Through inspirational teaching, we will nurture our student’s curiosities, aiming to empower, educate and encourage a love of science.
In Science at Stretford High school, students will be SMART: Supported, Mindful, Amb
Meet the Science Department
The Department team consists of 18 members of staff. These are:
|Mr A Mundy||Head of Science|
|Mrs L Clayton||Progress Lead – KS3|
|Mr D Moloney||Assistant Headteacher / Teacher of Science
|Ms S Jiva||Teacher of Science|
|Ms K Douglas||Teacher of Science|
|Mr A Hamza||STEM Coordinator / Teacher of Science|
|Miss A Sheldon||Teacher of Science|
|Miss C Saunders||Teacher of Science|
|Mr A McCulloch||Teacher of Science|
|Ms K Brook||Teacher of Science|
|Mrs J Preston||Teaching Assistant|
|Miss B Hughes||Teaching Assistant|
|Mr O Leahair||Science Technician|
|Miss R Williamson||Science Technician|
A spiral design for understanding
It’s easier for students to develop an understanding of a big idea by multiple interactions with the concepts within the idea. By connecting smaller ideas to more abstract ideas, students will be better prepared to apply these concepts when approaching an unfamiliar topic.
Exam board: AQA If your child is studying combined Science, they are completing AQA Trilogy. If they are studying Triple Science, they are completing AQA Biology, AQA Chemistry and AQA Physics.
The AQA combined science specification can be found at:
The AQA Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) specifications can be found at:
Videos to support AQA GCSE Science:
Educake (online questions / learning platform)
Seneca learning (online learning platform)
Students in Y10 & Y11 have been emailed folders containing past papers / past paper questions.